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SNHU international students helping St. Benedict's Academy

MANCHESTER — International students studying at Southern New Hampshire University have taken their education beyond their campus and into the classrooms of grade school children at St. Benedict’s Academy.

Through a recent partnership between SBA and SNHU, the Global Village Partners Program was launched.

Father Jerome Day, pastor at St. Raphael’s Parish, came up with the idea and pushed for its implementation.

Through the collaborative efforts of SBA faculty and administrators, SNHU faculty, and the International Student Services Office, the program was organized for the 2013–2014 academic year and is scheduled to continue in the upcoming year.

Under this program, international students came to SBA four times a year — twice in the fall and spring. During each visit, they teach children about various aspects of their country, with topics ranging from geography to art.

The international students involved in the program represented seven countries: China, India, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Morocco, Afghanistan and Iran.

Each country was assigned a particular grade from kindergarten through sixth grade, and roughly two students were assigned per classroom.

Deborah Donnelly, assistant director of International Student Services at SNHU, was interested in the program as she has launched international speaker series in the past.

This is the first time, however, that her programs have included more than one visit.

“That was what was particularly different about this and really rewarding because it just made more of an impression. The school kids would look forward to the visits from our students and vice versa,” Donnelly said.


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